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Compare the Chinese Red Army under Mao to Nazi Germany under Hitler

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Compare the Chinese Red Army under Mao to Nazi Germany under Hitler Although Germany was never a communist country during the rule of Adolph Hitler, its similarities to China are shocking. Both Nazi Germany (1932-1945) and Communist China while run by Mao Zedong's Red Army (1928-1976) were cruel regimes that were responsible for killing millions of their own people. The leaders of each country were able to manipulate their citizens and convince others into thinking that what they were doing was appropriate and even respectable. This must lead one to ask 'How can millions be fooled for so long?' In order to understand how people could have been so easily fooled and manipulated it is critical to take a look at each country's history a few years prior to the uprising of each ruler. In Germany people were suffering and depressed. The First World War, to which Germany was blamed for, ended up costing billions of dollars for the German government, and as a result the people were miserable and frustrated. The economy was slow and people everywhere were starving and without work; desperate for someone to tell them there's hope and a future. ...read more.


Hitler realized that if he was going to rule Germany he needed the support of the adolescent. Hitler did a large majority of this through propaganda in school. Posters, videos, and flags were displayed everywhere reminding the good German children how awful Jews were. This worked! Germany grew to have an army of over 12.5 million soldiers; seventy-three percent of these were said to have been between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, of which almost all volunteered to serve their country! In China, Mao targeted youth also. More specifically he targeted illiterate peasant youth as they made up more than eighty percent of the population. The youth of China were very supportive of Chairman Mao, he offered hope and gave them a new perspective about tomorrow. As in Germany, millions volunteered for the Red Guard, particularly after Mao deflected blame from himself and onto the traditional generation during the devastating "Cultural Revolution". Both Germany and China had massive book burnings of anything that might challenge the dictatorships. It was not long after Hitler rose to power that he and the entire German community began discriminating against the Jews. ...read more.


However, in China the religious persecution was focused much more on Christians than any other group. Midnight raids were conducted and entire families were slaughtered for owning a bible. At the very least you lost your job for claiming the name of Christ but usually the consequences of being 'disloyal' were much more drastic. However, one would think that this type of persecution would dismantle and destroy the church, but it was during these years that the church skyrocketed and any came to know the Lord. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"- Matthew 5:10. The Chinese were empowered and emboldened by this persecution and a major church planting movement was started. Chinese believers clung to Christ and were forced to rely on Him and His provisions for them and their families. This is just another perfect example that humans cannot corner the Spirit of God and that what man tries to use for evil, God uses for his glory and honor. Even Germany's attempt to destroy the Jews indirectly led to the establishment of the nation of Israel. The leaders of China and Germany fooled their populations for a time but history revealed Hilter and Mao as the fools that brought on their own destruction ...read more.

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